ElectraMeccanica Begins Proposed Site Visits in Second Phase of BDO-Led Search for SOLO EV U.S. Assembly Facility and Engineering Technical Center
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. (NASDAQ: SOLO) ("ElectraMeccanica" or the "Company"), a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, today provided an update related to its ongoing search for a U.S. based assembly facility and engineering technical center.
On February 27, 2020 the Company announced its engagement with BDO USA’s Site Selection & Business Incentives Practice (“BDO”) to lead the search. After a nationwide review of potential locations that matched ElectraMeccanica’s criteria, BDO initially identified seven candidates and sent initial requests for proposal to the chief economic development entities in each state.
Following the initial review, the Company has narrowed its list to the following five states (in no particular order): Arizona, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee.
The proposed new U.S. facility is expected to employ up to 250 people and feature a state-of-the art engineering technical center, including plans for multiple labs to support ongoing vehicle, chassis and power electronics testing as well as comprehensive research facilities. Collectively, the operation would be expected to meet the growing demand for SOLO EVs throughout the United States, where EVs are projected to exceed more than 30% of all passenger vehicles by 2040. In addition, the proposed new U.S.-based facility would allow ElectraMeccanica to reduce or potentially eliminate tariffs as well as benefit from logistical efficiencies.
ElectraMeccanica intends to maintain a capital-light model and begin commercial production and delivery of its flagship, single-seat, three-wheeled SOLO EV during 2020 with its contract manufacturing partner and strategic investor, Zongshen Industrial Group (“Zongshen”), in Chongqing, China. In conjunction with the proposed new ElectraMeccanica U.S. facility, Zongshen will continue to manufacture SOLO EVs for the global market, while also supplying knock-down kits for assembly in the United States.
As part of the secondary phase in the site selection process, ElectraMeccanica management will be visiting proposed sites within the remaining states during the summer of 2020 with a final decision expected by the end of the year.
Last week, at the invitation of the Arizona Commerce Authority (the “ACA”) and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (“GPEC”), the Company toured locations in Phoenix, Mesa, Avondale and Casa Grande, Arizona.
“On behalf of the entire ElectraMeccanica team, I want to thank Sandra Watson, Chris Camacho and their teams at the ACA and GPEC as well as Arizona State University, the Arizona Public Service and Salt River Project for their hospitality as we begin the next phase of our site selection process,” said Company CEO Paul Rivera. “Going forward, we will be conducting similar visits in the remaining states before making our ultimate decision by the end of the year. We believe having a future base of operations in the United States will provide us several material benefits, including gaining access to a top-tier talent pool of engineering resources, protecting our global supply chain costs and driving increased efficiencies within our distribution processes.”
Tom Stringer, Leader for the National Site Selection & Business Incentives Practice, BDO USA, added: “Arizona is an excellent candidate-location for this project. In the last five years Arizona has quickly committed itself to developing a world-class electric vehicle ecosystem. We look forward to meeting with the other candidate cities and working to find the best partner-location for our long-term success.”
ElectraMeccanica recently provided a video update of its Arizona site visits on its Facebook page, which is available for public viewing here.
About ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp.
ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. (NASDAQ: SOLO) is a Canadian designer and manufacturer of environmentally efficient electric vehicles (EVs). The company’s flagship vehicle is the innovative, purpose-built, single-seat EV called the SOLO. This three-wheeled vehicle will revolutionize the urban driving experience, including commuting, delivery and shared mobility. The SOLO provides a driving experience that is unique, trendy, fun, affordable and environmentally friendly. InterMeccanica, a subsidiary of ElectraMeccanica, has successfully been building high-end specialty cars for 61 years. For more information, please visit www.electrameccanica.com.
About BDO Site Selection & Incentives
BDO’s Site Selection & Incentives practice works with clients to identify the ideal locations for new or relocating operations, analyze business climates and labor markets, and maximize economic development incentives. In the last decade they have secured over $2 Billion in state and local support for their clients, including noteworthy transportation startups, multiple Fortune 500 Corporate Headquarters, major national defense projects and several professional sports leagues.
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Released June 8, 2020